This month on Well Wild Women – Sydney Weiss of Seek the Joy Podcast! Sydney speaks about self-love, seeking joy in her life, and what wellness means to her. Sydney is truly an incredible woman I am lucky to know. Get ready to be inspired by her vulnerability, openness, and advice.
I am so excited to introduce you all to Sydney Weiss, a woman I’m truly inspired by and whose story and advice I can’t wait to share with all of you! Sydney is the creator of Seek the Joy Podcast and has become a dear friend of mine. It has been so incredible getting to know her and watching her creative journey continue to unfold. She has grown Seek the Joy podcast in such a short amount of time, and I am constantly impressed by her dedication, hard work, and consistency.
Sydney’s podcast is uplifting, inspirational, and authentic. Sydney is not afraid to get real, and her questions to her guests go far beneath the surface to highlight the real challenges her guests have faced as well as their everyday joys and triumphs. Seek the Joy is really about loving where you are now, feeling inspired to keep growing, and learning how you can seek the joy in the every day. I am so excited to share Sydney’s story with you today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself, what you’re up to, and how you got to where you are today.
Thank you so much Melina for having me! I’m a lawyer and the host and producer of Seek The Joy Podcast, your go-to podcast for heartfelt storytelling and conversations on all things self-love, joy, connection, wellness and spirituality (among others)! Seek The Joy is inspired by my ongoing journey toward growth, empowerment, and self-love, and every episode offers a fresh perspective, aha! moments, laughs, stories, and wisdom that will stick with you throughout the week. It’s a space for real, honest, and open conversation and an opportunity to connect, inspire, empower and grow.
Seek The Joy Podcast is an idea I dreamt up in September 2017 while I was waiting for California Bar Results. It was the second time I sat for the exam (p.s. I passed! Hallelujah!) and I was sitting in my apartment reflecting on the last year. The woman I saw in the mirror staring back at me was different. She was calmer, kinder to herself, and happier. She was no longer the panicked negative self-talker she was a year ago.
I should probably rewind a little bit. In 2016 I had a slew of health issues – from shingles to appendicitis – and when you couple that with graduating from law school and sitting for the California bar exam, and not passing, I wasn’t in a good place. When I found out I didn’t pass the bar exam in November 2016, the negative self-talk I’ve carried with me my whole life got worse. I was in a space of shame, anger, and embarrassment, and months of not listening to my body, running myself ragged, and being down right mean to myself took its toll.
I decided it was time for a change, and over the next year I made space for myself. I took time to get to know me and I started listening and trusting my gut more. For the first time in my life I started to peel back the layers and understand and love who I am, and who I wanted to be. I was in a different place, mind, body and soul, and little did I know it was just the beginning.
While staring at myself in the mirror in September 2017, I remember experiencing this moment of inspiration and excitement. I knew I wanted to start a conversation and create a way to connect with others who had similar stories and experiences. I wanted to build a community and a space to share personal stories, explore our joy, and learn and grow through stepping into our vulnerability, courage, and reconnecting to our authentic voice. That night it clicked – why not start a podcast? I took out my journal and started sketching out my idea. The next thing I knew Seek The Joy Podcast was born.
What started as an idea on a piece of paper has slowly grown into my biggest source of joy and inspiration week in and week out. I was so inspired and excited to get started that I threw myself into the podcast, and anything that was a difficulty felt like an exciting adventure.
I’m completely self-taught and I had absolutely no media or podcasting experience before this, and figuring out the logistics on how to record, edit, and launch the podcast was definitely a process of trial and error. I spent hours researching and learning as much as I could about microphones, platforms to publish my podcast, and programs to edit my episodes. I spent hours every weekend for a month teaching myself how to do it all.
Truthfully, this podcast was a huge step outside of my comfort zone, and starting and running a podcast was never something I saw myself doing, but it’s the best decision I ever made. Once I got started I could feel that this is what I’m meant to be doing. Connecting, sharing, and creating lights me up in a way I’ve never experienced before, and this podcast has completely altered the direction of my life. It’s taken me on an incredible journey – mind, body, and soul – and I’ve changed so much in the last year.
I’m more confident in my voice and who I am, and I’m learning to embrace and celebrate my journey. Plus, I’m so excited to officially start my career in entertainment and media this year. I wouldn’t have known that this is what I wanted to do if it weren’t for the podcast, and I’m so grateful that I took that leap of faith and went for it!
We all have a unique message, voice, and gift that is meant to be shared and celebrated, and over the last year and a half Seek The Joy has developed into a really wonderful community of people who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and show up for themselves in ways they never thought possible.
What does being “well” mean to you?
I love this question. To me, being well is being willing to show myself kindness and compassion. It’s choosing to be unapologetically who I am, to embrace the skin I’m in, and to not be afraid to share my voice and my heart with the world.
Being well also means giving myself the space to get to know me. I’m learning that the more we get to know ourselves, the more it allows us to be more committed to our wellness, self-love, and self-care. It allows us to set better boundaries, and choose people, places and things that fill us up, bring us joy, and allow us to be our best selves.
What are some things you do to stay well in this wild world?
First and foremost, making sure that I get enough sleep! This is tricky, especially given the demands of my job, the podcast, and my attempt at having some work-life balance, but I know that if I don’t get enough sleep everything suffers. It’s really important for me to take an hour or two at the end of the day to just sit and be. My days are really long with never ending to-do lists and demands (something that I know I’m not alone with!) and by the end of the day I’m over-stimulated and exhausted. That time I take to unwind has been a game changer, and it usually looks like an hour with my eyes closed (and my phone on airplane mode), turning on a good TV show, or journaling.
Something else that I’m loving right now is the time that I take every morning to meditate and journal. It’s a practice that’s completely changed my life. I used to get up every morning and run out the door without giving myself an opportunity to ground myself in how I’m feeling, what I need, and what’s ahead for the day. Now, this practice is a non-negotiable and I can feel a tangible difference in how I feel about myself, and how I deal with stress and anxiety throughout the day.
What is one piece of advice you would share with others to help them stay well?
When it comes to staying well, I would say take it day by day. We’re human, which means we ebb and flow. We have moments of struggle, but then we also have moments of profound victory and joy. If you’re struggling with wellness, self-love, self-care or even connecting to your joy, know that you’re not alone. The truth is wellness and self-love, and everything that goes along with that, isn’t something that ever came easy to me, and sometimes it still doesn’t. Shifting my self-talk, moving closer to greater self-love, and taking better care of myself has been a journey of patience, compassion, and trust.
I know this sounds so cliché and maybe even a little bit abstract, but take time to get quiet and go within. Over the last year developing a meditation and journaling practice has really helped me shift my willingness to choose and practice self-love and self-care. Meditation and journaling might work for you too, or it might not and that’s okay! What you connect with can really be anything, because at the end of the day our wellness journey isn’t one size fits all. It’s about finding something that will allow you to reconnect with yourself, tune in to what your passions are and what you need, and allow you to grow.
Regardless of where you’re at with your journey, don’t be afraid to indulge in a little extra compassion and kindness, be patient with yourself, and on the especially tough days focus on putting one foot in front of the other. We’ve got this!
Where can everyone find you to connect or learn more?
I’m so excited for 2019 and what’s on the horizon. My hope is that this is a year of greater collaboration and opportunity to share and showcase more stories and voices through this platform, and I would love to connect with you! You can find us at www.seekthejoypodcast.com, on Instagram @seekthejoypodcast, and on Facebook @seekthejoypodcast! You can also find us on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/seek-the-joy-podcast/id1287315751?mt=2 or search “Seek The Joy” on your favorite podcast platform!